Construction is underway for overpasses for two of Saskatchewan's fastest growing communities.
A sod-breaking ceremony signalled the start of work on overpasses on Highway 11 near Warman and Highway 12 near Martensville to create a safer access to both communities for drivers. Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence says she is one of a number of residents who have had close calls on the highway. She recalls taking a left hand turn towards Osler and was nearly hit by a vehicle coming over the nearby overpass. Spence says many people in the community are lake-goers and make that turn to head northbound on Highway 11, so when she was nearly hit, it, "was an eye opener". The federal government will be covering up to half of the $60.6 million bill for the two overpasses, while the province will foot the rest of the costs. Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit says the overpasses will create more free flowing traffic, and will provide a lot more opportunity for the communities to grow by alleviating congestion. About 4 kilometres of Highway 11 will be relocated, so construction crews don't expect any delays until at least next summer. The two projects are slated for completion October 2019.